Manchester City launch a late surge in this week’s EPL review 1

The English Premier League is marching onwards towards its end with 5 to 6 games left in the season. What looked like certainties a month ago, right now, doesn’t look quite so secure. The top four champions league spots, the relegation battle and quite possibly the title itself are all still in question as we review this weeks games.

Manchester City's Carlos Aguero celebrates scoring against Man United

Manchester City’s Carlos Aguero celebrates scoring against Man United

Manchester United were cruising with an extensive lead at the top, but rivals Manchester City have put in a late rally and are finally looking like last years champions. City have picked up good wins, including their decisive win over United. In addition to their loss to City, Sir Alex’s men seem to be feeling jittery as they have also dropped points in a tie with West Ham, making it 5 points dropped in the space of 10 days.

Thoughts of last season must be ringing in Sir Alex Ferguson’s head, when United lost an 8 point lead and ended up losing the title on the final day of the season. Its looking earily similar. United play Aston Villa and City have a massive game as they face other Champions league contenders Spurs in a crucial game for both. Spurs are in need of a win as a loss would cast them adrift and shatter their dreams of a champions league place.

Three months ago Arsenal were in the midst of their worse ever premiership campaign with talk of Arsene Wenger being sacked. They have miraculously turned things around in the last 6weeks and they currently sit in 4th spot. The Gunners will look to secure their position with a win as they face a rejuvenated Fulham. Third place Chelsea face a tough game against Liverpool, but are confident after a good mid week 3-1 win over Fulham.

Everton have come on strong of late and are making a late push for a top four spot. They face a Sunderland side, reveling in their joy of their derby win and emotional upturn with new manager Paolo di Canio.

At the bottom end of the table the fight for survival is heating up. Norwich City face struggling Reading, with Norwich needing 3 points to ensure their premiership status. A win for them will put an end to Reading’s slim survival hopes.

Bottom dwellers QPR face Stoke City, and are all but relegated. They need a win to keep their hopes alive, which would in turn draw Stoke into the fray.

Perennial escape artists Wigan play West Ham. A win would move them out of the relegation zone on goal difference. The bottom end of the table is so tight, the last 6 teams are all fighting to avoid the relegation drop. One or two poor results and there situation can become drastic

It all remains to be seen how it will all play out, but things are coming down to the wire.